Apply now! Open Educational Resources (OER) Fellowship: Fall 2018

The Library seeks applicants for the Fall 2018 Open Educational Resources (OER) Fellowship. Full-time and part-time faculty are eligible to apply with their chair’s approval.
Participants will curate a zero-cost OER to replace the existing course material in a course to be taught next Spring. In order to be considered zero-cost OER, the course section you teach must assign freely available web resources and openly licensed materials; inclusion of library licensed digital resources is also recommended.  
Program Information:
Faculty accepted to the fellowship will participate in a series of 4 seminars on Fridays this fall (see dates below), complete the OER in January, and pilot the OER as the only required course material in their spring 2019 course.
Seminars will cover:

  • An introduction to open educational resources
  • Copyright, fair use, and Creative Commons licensing
  • Searching and selecting OER and zero-cost course materials
  • Creating an OpenLab site
  • Strategies to organize course materials for accessibility


  • Participation in each of the following two hour professional development programs:
    • 10 a.m – 12 p.m. Friday, September 28
    • 10 a.m – 12 p.m. Friday, October 5
    • 10 a.m – 12 p.m. Friday, October 19
    • Additional Friday working session in November, TBA
  • Curate OER and post on a public OpenLab sitedue no later than January 9, 2019
  • Teach with the OER in at least 1 course section in Spring 2019 semester
  • Submit a brief written assessment of the experience in May 2019
  • Submit your course outline and / or syllabus to Academic Works, CUNY’s institutional repository

Faculty will be compensated at or above $1,300 for full participation in the OER Fellowship.
Review program guidelines and submit your application online at Tuesday, September 4th.*
*Before submitting an application, please consult with your Department Chair (and a course coordinator, if applicable) for approval to 1) develop an OER for the course you propose; 2) teach with the OER in Spring 2019.

What’s New in the Library

As the new semester approaches we’d like to highlight some new and improved resources, services, and programs offered by the City Tech Library. Feel free to include this information on your syllabus and send your students our way for research help or resource questions!


Instruction on library research and information literacy is something that librarians teach year-round, for all interested faculty in any department (not just English). To request library instruction for your class, please fill out the Request a Library Instruction Session form. If you have questions about library instruction or information literacy, please get in touch with Anne Leonard, coordinator of information literacy and library instruction.

Digital Tutorials and Research Guides

We have new self-paced digital tutorials, updated library research guides, and a redesigned library orientation site to help your students learn about library services and academic research. Include a link to guides or tutorials on your syllabus, Blackboard, or Openlab site.
By default, new OpenLab courses and Blackboard courses also have library tools installed. Students can use the library links on the side menu of your OpenLab or Blackboard site to search for books and articles or chat with a librarian 24X7 without navigating away from your course site. Don’t see the library tools widget on your OpenLab course? You can add it with just a few clicks by selecting Widgets from the course menu.


Academic One File has always been an excellent general database for undergraduate research.  The depth of full text offerings has recently been  improved and Academic One File is now more robust than ever! 

Ebook Central is an expansive collection ebooks that can be searched either through the catalog or as a standalone database.

The Wall Street Journal is free to the entire City Tech Community. Activate your free subscription today!

We continue to offer access to The New York Times.  Sign up for your free academic pass or renew your subscription.


Want to know more about open educational resources (OER) and cost-free course materials, including library resources, and how they can amplify your curriculum? Are you unsatisfied with the subject coverage, cultural relevance, or currency of the course materials you’re assigning? The library can introduce you to resources and opportunities to develop open educational resources for your course! Look for a call for applicants to the Fall 2018 OER Fellowship in your inbox soon! If you have any questions, please get in touch with Cailean Cooney.

Scholarly Publishing Clinic

Coming this fall, we’re launching a Scholarly Publishing Clinic. Whether you’re just getting started with your literature review, selecting the journal or documenting the value of your work, we’re here to meet with you one-on-one, in a small group, or at your department meeting. Drop-in hours are every first Thursday of the month at 12 PM. Look for an announcement soon as well as our fall 2018 workshops and event offerings.

Reserve Books and Purchase Requests

As you are finalizing your course syllabi, we encourage you to consider placing materials in our collection in the City Tech Library catalog on reserve. You can also loan or donate your copy of the textbook or other required readings. Placing titles on reserve allows for greater access to these limited materials. All reserve materials are available at the  circulation desk and can be used for two hours in the library.
Reach out to the subject specialist in your area to request new purchases or to learn about recent additions to our collection. Due to budgetary constraints, the library cannot honor all purchase requests.  You may also contact the Collections Management Librarian, Wanett Clyde, for general purchasing inquiries.

Paid Internship: Instructional Design and Educational Technology

The New York City College of Technology (CUNY) Library seeks a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) instructional design intern for the Fall 2018 semester to create web-based tutorials and research guides that are interactive and can accommodate different learning styles. The ideal candidate will have instructional design experience and proficiency with instructional technology platforms.
In consultation with the library’s instruction team, this candidate will create, promote, and assess digital tutorials and research guides to support students working in traditional, hybrid, and online course contexts. The intern will gain experience with instructional technology, user experience, and library outreach. This practicum will provide a library science student the opportunity to gain experience in a busy academic library setting and design resources for a diverse, multilingual student population.
Additional preferred technical skills: HTML editing, video editing, proficiency with LibGuides, WordPress, and YouTube.
Send a CV and cover letter detailing relevant experience to:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
Semester long practicum with possibility of renewal
7 hrs per wk
Flexible schedule during business hours
$15.00 per hr